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Pros And Cons Of Gun Laws Debated At Columbus Rally

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Hundreds of parents rallied in front of Columbus City Hall Saturday to urge lawmakers to toughen local gun laws.

A mothers' group supporting common sense gun laws sponsored the event which was backed by victims of gun violence and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.

Nate Mueller, a student survivor of the school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, said he wanted to stand for something.

"I think if I would have died, then I would have been just another statistic, but now that I'm still here I can do something about it," he said.

Jodi Sandoval's 14-year-old son, Noah died when he was struck in the chest with a bullet while he and a friend played with an unsecured gun.

"I cry.  I wail.  I writhe around on by bed. I lament.  I sit in his room and smell his dirty laundry.  I just feel it," she told those at the rally.

Although outnumbered, there were also those in attendance who support carrying concealed weapons to protect themselves against others with guns.

"When they talk about how they have lost loved ones, I feel for them, I truly do.  I just believed that this is the best way we can prevent these kind of crimes is by eliminating gun-free zones and allowing us to protect ourselves," said Joe Smith of Buckeyes for  Conceal Carry At OSU.

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